Liferafts could be 'useless'

BFA marine, part of Zodiac International, has identified some overpressure valve failures made due to mis assembly operations on life rafts in use, which may lead to a complete deflation of the compartment when broken. The liferaft models involved are: Atlantic, Pacific, Baltic, and XM/BFA Offshore.

If both overpressure valves of the two independent compartments fail, the life-raft will not be functional anymore and be ‘useless’, the company said.

BFA marine has urged owners to bring back, without delay, their life- raft to the nearest BFA approved service station, in order to check and replace the overpressure valves free of charge.